Oregon Community Foundation

The Oregon Community Foundation engages a large network of volunteers and donors across the state to support local concerns. Can it also build a statewide legacy of equity and inclusion?

New York Community Trust

The New York Community Trust has a strong commitment to equity and meeting community needs. Can it build on its strengths to become a true public leader in New York City?

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation has an admirable commitment to risk and innovation. But, it lacks explicit goals and strategies, often leaving stakeholders unsure what the foundation intends to accomplish.

The Kresge Foundation

Although Kresge exceeds most of NCRP’s criteria for effective social justice philanthropy by working with low-income communities to address systemic urban issues like poverty, health and climate resilience, the foundation needs to explicitly integrate a racial equity lens throughout its work.

Hess Foundation

Hess Foundation grantees love that it provides unrestricted support with minimal reporting requirements. But the foundation’s lack of transparency and communication with grantees limits its impact on the communities it serves.

Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is genuinely committed to increasing opportunity for people living in poverty and preserving oceans and rivers as well as the livelihoods of those who depend on them. However, its market-oriented approach has led to some successes and some disappointing outcomes.

The California Endowment

The California Endowment is a national leader in bringing health equity to the Golden State. While the Endowment is already doing a lot of things right and it could have an even greater impact by bolstering California’s nonprofit advocacy infrastructure.

Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund is one of Colorado's most important grantmakers. In examining the foundation, we ask: Is donor intent compatible with strategic, social justice philanthropy? The issues are complex but the answer is yes.

Lumina Foundation For Education

Lumina has been successful in calling attention to the problem of low college attainment rates, especially for marginalized students. However, experts and community members share ideas on what Lumina can improve upon to achieve its ambitious goals.

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

The Woodruff Foundation is doing even more than it appears at first glance to help marginalized communities. But it could achieve even greater impact by convening nonprofits to tackle pressing issues and bringing more diverse voices into its decision-making process.

William Penn Foundation

While William Penn is highly lauded for its work on pre-K, the environment and the arts, it has encountered bumps in the road during changes in leadership and strategic direction.